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Melvin Gaither

Aug 15, 1950 - Nov 06, 2023

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Clovis, NM

Melvin (Buddy) Gaither was born August 15, 1950 in Perryton, Texas to John and Joan (Woods) Gaither and went to be with the Angels on November 6, 2023. Buddy grew up in Spearman, Texas and graduated high school in 1969. He had an amazing childhood with loving parents and a sister who always looked after her little brother. After high school he went to Oklahoma State Tech in Okmulgee and graduated with degrees in diesel mechanics and diesel fuel electrical injection. After graduation he worked...Read More

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Billy James

Nov 06, 1946 - Feb 16, 2024

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Clovis, NM

Billy “Bill” James passed away unexpectedly at home on February 16, 2024, in Clovis, NM at the age of 77.Billy is survived by his wife; Ramona of the home, daughter; Judith James, of Clovis, NM, sister; Linda Young, of Tyler, TX, brother; Louis (Marleen) James, of Tyler, TX, sister-in-law; Margaret (Pete) Romero, of Albuquerque, NM, brother-in-law; Tony (Dianna) Bargas of Albuquerque, NM, grandsons; Joseph Bargas and Anthony Bargas of El Paso, TX, several nieces and nephews, and his fur babies; Grey, Milo, and Maya. He was preceded in death by his parents; Mamie Louise and J.R. James, his father-in-law; Martin C Bargas, mother-in-law; Mary Bargas, and son; Michael R Bargas.Billy was born on November 6, 1946, in Paducah, KY to J.R. and Mamie Louise James. He graduated from Tilmon High School. He joined the Army right out of high school. He married Ramona Bargas, the love of his life, in 1969 and in 1975 they welcomed their daughter Judith. Billy and Ramona had 54 wonderful, loving years together. After moving to Albuquerque, NM, Billy began working for Maloof Co. and later transferred to Clovis, NM and became manager of the branch. After retiring from Maloof Co., Bill stayed home a few years and then decided to go back to work and became a bus driver for Adair Transportation where he met some wonderful people and lifelong friends. He loved driving and loved his kids, and they loved him, he was known as “Mr. Bill”, every one of the kids he drove had a special place in his heart. Bill was a big joker and loved to make people laugh. It was said by many that Bill loved people and people loved Bill. He loved the Chicago Bears, watching wrestling, and his wife's cooking. Billy was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Clovis, NM.Rosary will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at 11:00 am at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 12500 Carmel Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM with Mass of the Resurrection to follow at 11:30 am with Fr. Mike Shea officiating. Reception will be to follow.Arrangements have been entrusted to Muffley Funeral Home, www.muffleyfuneralhome.com, (575) 762-4435.

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Allen Kennith Yates

May 07, 1934 - Feb 16, 2024

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Clovis, NM

Allen Kennith Yates, age 89, passed away on Friday, February 16, 2024. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Muffley Funeral Home, 1430 Thornton St., Clovis, NM. Funeral service to be held on Thursday, February 22, 2024, 11:00 am at Sandia Baptist Church, 1100 W Manana Blvd, Clovis, NM with Pastor Tommy Hohstadt officiating. Burial will take place at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens, 1601 E. Llano Estacado, Clovis, NM. Grandsons Gary Allen Yates, Aaron Long, Seth Carruth, Adam Carruth, Eric Yates, and Caleb Yates will serve as pallbearers.Allen was born on May 7, 1934, to Toge Yates and Thelma Jenkins in Hugo, Oklahoma. Dad loved God, his family, and his Country foremost, and enjoyed bowling, camping, gardening, and fishing. Allen retired from the United States Air Force as a M.Sgt. then continued for another 15 years as Civil Service before completely retiring. Allen taught Sunday school and served on the nomination committee and the usher committee for Sandia Baptist Church. He was an assistant Boy Scout Master from 1973-1974, member of Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Graduates Association from 1975-1977.Dad will be truly missed by his family and those who knew him well.Survivors include children: Sherri (Travis) Yates Carruth, Gary (Estrella) Lane Yates, Rebekah (Walt) Yates Garrison and Rhonda Yates, many grand and great grandchildren, many nieces, and nephews, one sister, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law. He is preceded in death by his wife; Arline Beard Yates, oldest son; Jack Yates, youngest son; Kevin Yates, as well as many other loved ones.The family would like to thank the PRMC Hospice Care team for being so attentive and taking care of Dad in his final days.In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your favorite charity. Arrangements have been entrusted to Muffley Funeral Home, www.muffleyfuneralhome.com, (575) 762-4435.

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Gracie Mae Wilcher

Feb 14, 1939 - Feb 17, 2024

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Clovis, NM

A celebration of the life of Gracie Mae Wilcher will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 23, 2024 in the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel, 500 E. 3rd St, in Portales with Pastor Rick Wilcher of the Floyd Baptist Church officiating, accompanied by his sisters, Ladona Clayton and Cynthia Kendrick. Burial will follow in the Portales Cemetery with Rick and Janet Wilcher, Ladona and Mark Clayton, Cynthia and Kelley Kendrick and Steve Goff serving as pallbearers. The family will receive guests at the funeral home on Thursday afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Gracie Mae Wilcher, age 85, passed away at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, NM, surrounded by her family on February 17, 2024. She was born February 14, 1939, in Dora, NM, to Horace B. and Carrie (Turner) Wilcher. She was the 8th born of nine children. Gracie was the epitome of Mark 10:14-15: Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” Gracie had the innocence, simplicity, and wonder of a little child, and a relentless faith that could move mountains. She anxiously awaited the arrival of her Savior to take her home and spoke of this event so often. She could quote every scripture of the evangelical Rapture without missing a beat and held steadfast to her faith up to the moment she took her last breath, knowing that Jesus and her family awaited her arrival with open arms. She was the joy of our hearts! At an early age, Gracie suffered ongoing tonic-clonic (grand-mal) seizures, which adversely affected her brain functions and ability to develop into a fully independent adult. As a result, she needed ongoing support, although she was able to develop life skills that served her well. In spite of this major setback, she approached life with expectation, enthusiasm, and gratitude. Her older sister, Jayne, served as her constant companion and caregiver throughout her adult life until she passed away in 2018. At that time, her family in Portales, Clovis, and Abilene had the honor of caring for her and ensuring she remained as independent as possible. Gracie’s hobbies included embroidering beautiful, frameable pictures and landscapes, crocheting useful items, and completing complicated jigsaw puzzles that she had framed for display on her walls. She was meticulous in her organizational skills, took great pride in maintaining her home, enjoyed spontaneous humor, and never failed to delight her nieces and nephews with her Christian songs and delightful antics. She was a master of games, and upending her championship reign in Sorry, checkers, and Touring never came to fruition. She developed a special love for all things Hello Kitty, including a lap blanket, clothing, mugs, and stuffed toys. She was thrilled to learn that her headstone featured Hello Kitty, and ensured she was featured in a picture beside it before departing this life. She was overjoyed to learn that her coffin honored the same beloved character she had grown so fond of these many years. Gracie is survived by her many nieces and nephews, including Rick (Janet) Wilcher of Portales, NM; Ladona (Mark) Clayton of Clovis, NM; Cynthia (Kelley) Kendrick of Abilene, TX; Larry (Sandy) Jernigan of Lancaster, CA; Jerry (Melinda) Hamlin of Springfield, OR; Burton (Cindy) Jernigan of Lakeport, CA; Ron West of Fresno, CA; Calvin (Shannon) Wilcher of Athens, TX; Teresa Dunavant of Plainview, TX; Karen Jernigan Edwards of Spokane, WA; and Thomas “Tom” Leon Box of Woburn, MA. She was preceded in death by her parents, H.B. and Carrie Wilcher, her sisters, Juanita (Edward) Jernigan, Betty (Leroy) Taylor, Helen “Ruth” (Felix) Cleveland, Jayne (Clyde) Golding, Hazel (W.B.) Jernigan of Spokane, WA, and her brothers, Calvin “Pete,” Bobby, and Donald Joe “Spook” (Ina) Wilcher. To to the family or in memory of Gracie Mae Wilcher, please

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Dianne Nance

Sep 10, 1957 - Jan 31, 2024

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Clovis, NM

Dianne Nance, 66 of Clovis, New Mexico passed away on Wednesday January 31, 2024, peacefully in Clovis, New Mexico. Dianne was born September 10, 1957, to Arithree Taylor-Byrd in Clovis, New Mexico. She was happily married to Kent Dwayne Nance for 45 years in Clovis NM. She worked many years as a faithful servant and as the mother of First Church of God in Christ serving and spreading God’s word. She was known for being a boss in every area with class and sass. She wore many hats while being seen for her professionalism, selflessness, charisma, beauty, laughter, sternness, and most importantly always standing on business. She was an excellent mother, wife, sister, and a friend to many. She showed kindness to whomever she came across and would give her last to anybody who needed something. Most of all she exuded God’s love because she loved the Lord with her whole heart.She would always teach the goodness of God to help spread encouragement, hope, faith, and motivation to others. She was a faithful member of First Church of God in Christ, for over 30 years, where she served as the mother of the church, missionary, evangelist, first administrator of FCOGIC, assistant supervisor of the women’s department, assistant supervisor of the state youth department and amongst several other titles. No one she met was a stranger, she loved everyone. Dianne preceded in death by her mother Arithree Taylor-Byrd.Survivors include her husband; Kent Dwayne Nance, three children; Keisha Thomas (Leonard Thomas), Kerwin Nance (Mirissa Nance), and Krystal Nance. Seven siblings; Alton T. Calhoun, Renetta Renae Hicks, Willie Calvin Calhoun (Betty), Donna Marie Gayden, Juanita Denise Potter (Walter), Pamela Mae Anderson and Carl Calhoun, five grandchildren; Jasmine Alexis Aquino (Jay Aquino), Donte Wayne Thomas, Kia Shree Thomas, Amaya D’nae Nance, and Kyrie Dwayne Nance, eight great grandchildren; Mckenzie Dior Aquino, Miley Jae Aquino, Miyah Amour Aquino, Nevaeh Elizabeth Thomas, Carmelo Wayne Thomas, Miracle Toussaint, Kai Len Cooper, and Kam Marquez Cooper. Host of nieces, nephews, and friends. Homegoing Celebration Services will be held on Friday, February 9, 2024, at 11:00 am, at First Church of God in Christ, 3400 Vinton St., Clovis, NM. A burial will follow at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens, 1601 E Llano Estacado. Pallbearers include Kerwin Nance, Xavier Calhoun, Leonard Thomas, Donte’ Thomas, Larry Jones Jr., and Gabriel Jones. Honorary Pallbearers include Alton T. Calhoun, Willie Calvin Calhoun, Tyreaus Calhoun, Terrill Calhoun, Marzett Calhoun, Desmond Calhoun, James E. Anderson Jr., Walter Potter, John T. Gayden II.Arrangements have been entrusted to Muffley Funeral Home, www.muffleyfuneralhome.com, (575) 762-4435.

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Ruben Chittock, Jr.

Sep 21, 1927 - Jan 21, 2024

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Clovis, NM

.Ruben Chittock, Jr., was born on September 21, 1927, and passed January 21, 2024.Ruben was a hard worker who built and managed feed mills across California, New Mexico, and Texas. He dearly loved and was very proud of his family.He survived by his daughters; Kristy Murray of Thornton, Colorado, Kathy Chittock of Phoenix, Arizona, and Lori Reynolds of South Jordan, Utah. Preceding him in death was his wife; Lorraine and son; Mark.Memorial Mass to be held for Ruben and Mark on Monday, March 4, 2024, 9:00 am, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 921 N Merriwether Street.Ruben and Mark will be interred with our mom at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens, 1601 E Llano Estacado, Clovis, NM.Arrangements have been entrusted to Muffley Funeral Home, www.muffleyfuneralhome.com, (575) 762-4435.

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Bobbie Angeley

May 29, 1939 - Feb 05, 2024

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Clovis, NM

Bobbie Angeley, age 84, of Texico, New Mexico, died Monday, February 5, 2024 in Clovis, New Mexico. He was born May 29, 1939 in Plainview, Texas to Jarvis Henry and Dora Belle (Shoup) Angeley. He was married to the love of his life and constant companion, Shirley Terrill for 34 years. Bobbie served in the US Air Force. At a younger age, he liked to rodeo. He also played football for ASU and Texas A&M. Bobbie sold cars and won many awards for his Chevrolet sales. He owned B.J.’s Auto Sales in Clovis, New Mexico. He farmed for many years around Earth and Muleshoe, and he repaired clocks just for fun. He enjoyed football and watching westerns, especially John Wayne movies. Bobbie was an inventive cook, and could throw a meal together from scratch at a moment’s notice, but was difficult to get into the kitchen. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Earth. He is preceded in death by a son, Jarvis Joe Angeley; his parents; a brother, Tracy Angeley; and a brother-in-law, Claburn Stewart. Bobbie is survived by his wife, Shirley; a daughter, Cheri Duvall of Delaware; a step-son, Gary Terrill; two step-daughters, Inola Doolittle and Lacinda Luna; two sisters, Ilene Stewart of Dallas, Texas and Jody Cole and her husband, Jessy of Weatherford, Texas; fourteen grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be sent to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 7023, Merrifield, Virginia, 22116-7023.

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Mickey Dean Melton

Nov 20, 1961 - Feb 03, 2024

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Clovis, NM

Mickey Dean Melton, age 62, passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2024. Mickey was born on November 20, 1961, to Webster Thomas Melton and Sharon Camille Hutchinson in Clovis, NM. Survivors include his twin sister; Vicki (Jeffrey) Van Schoyck of Mocksville, NC, brother; Tom (Doris) Harper of Fort Sumner, NM, four children; Mickey Shawn Melton, Nickolas Melton, Justin Melton, Ginni Woffard, companion; Martha Rodriguez of Portales, NM, stepchildren; Jackie, Anelsy, Wendy, and Alejandro, and several grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; Webster Thomas Melton and Sharon Camille Hutchinson, brother Ronald Dale Melton. Cremation has taken place and memorial service to be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Muffley Funeral Home, www.muffleyfunealhome.com, (575) 762-4435.

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Santana Hernandez

Jul 01, 1947 - Feb 05, 2024

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Clovis, NM

Santana Hernandez, age 76, of Clovis, NM passed away on Monday, February 5, 2024. Rosary will be held on Monday, February 12, 2024, at 11:00 am at Chapel of Angels, 1430 Thornton St., Clovis, NM with Deacon Daniel Chavez reciting. Burial will take place at Tucumcari Cemetery at a later date.Santana was born on July 1, 1947, to Jose A. Baca and Ventura (Matinez) Baca in Tucumcari, NM. On May 17, 1998, Santana married Henry Hernandez in Clovis, NM. Santana enjoyed playing Bingo, watching CSI, and playing pool. Survivors include her children; Beatrice (Fred) White, Cyndi Baca, James (Marlou) Baca Jr., Josephine Baca and Nina Baca, siblings; Stella Garcia of Grants Pass, OR, Frank Baca of Mulvane, KS, Jose (Alice) Baca of Eagles Nest, NM, Mary Elebario of Tucumcari, NM, Johnnie Santos of Tucumcari, NM, and Leonard (Debbie) Baca of Mulvane, KS, 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, all of her step grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.She is preceded in death by her parents; Jose and Ventura, first husband; James Baca Sr., second husband; Henry Hernandez, son; Raymond Olguin Jr., brothers; Tony Baca and Victor Baca, and sister; Patsy Baca. Arrangements have been entrusted to Muffley Funeral Home, www.muffleyfuneralhome.com, (575) 762-4435.

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Arvin H. Gilman

Dec 18, 1954 - Feb 04, 2024

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Clovis, NM

We are sad to announce the passing of Arvin H. Gilman age 69 of Clovis, NM. Arvin was born December 18, 1954, to Alfred Gilman and Louise (Gammill) Harrison in Portales, NM. He was a graduate of Fort Sumner High School class of 1973. He served in the US Army and was a tank mechanic in Korea. Arvin worked many jobs but mostly he was a truck driver. Later on, he owned Wish Bone Trucking and was the owner of ET’S Discount Tobacco in Clovis, NM. He loved to pan for gold in the mountain streams of Colorado and New Mexico. Arvin enjoyed playing his electric guitars and coming up with distorted sounds. He was of the Baptist faith. Arvin is survived by two sisters; Rose (Michael) Riley from Chardon, Ohio, Linda (Larry) Roush from Orange, Texas, two daughters; Jami (Leroy) Torres from Clovis, NM, Teresa Gilman from Grants, NM, grandchildren; Jazmin Gilman, Patrick Gilman, Francisco Gilman, Ricky Garcia, Nathan Gilman, Esperanza Garcia, seven great grandchildren; Agliyah and Arianna Rios, Abdiel Gilman and Carlos Gilman and many nephews, nieces and beloved friends and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father; Alfred Gilman, mother; Louise Harrison, both from Portales, his brother; Tommy Gilman from Clarksville, TN, two grandsons; Lorenzo Cabral Jr. and Brad Encinias from Portales.Memorial service to be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 2:00 pm at The Chapel of Angels, 1430 Thornton Street with Pastor Rick Wilcher officiating. Burial to follow at Ft. Sumner Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Muffley Funeral Home, www.muffleyfuneralhome.com, (575) 762-4435.

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John Edward Davis

May 16, 1955 - Jan 31, 2024

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Clovis, NM

John Edward Davis, age 68, of Clovis, NM passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2024. Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2024, 10:30 am at Restoration Baptist Church, 302 Gidding St., Clovis, NM at 10:30. Gary Swann, and Frank Gonzales will serve as honorary pallbearers.John was born on May 16, 1955, to Delmer Frazier Davis and Wenona Leona (Kinkade) in Clovis, NM. John enjoyed working with his animals and his vehicles.John is one of 12 children. He retired from Myers Electric to enjoy his granddaughter. He worked many years as an electrician and had much fun creating memories with co-workers.His siblings loved him dearly and he had a special relationship with each one of them. Each sibling has cherished memories from their time together. John was a friend to all, and helped anyone he could. He never expected anything in return. Many people called him Big John. His family loved him dearly and enjoyed seeing that big smile. All his nieces and nephews loved to spend time with him. He was a funny man that enjoyed pestering his loved ones all in good fun.His most favorite thing in life was being a grandpa to his beloved Granddaughter Bella. He enjoyed spending countless hours letting Bella paint his nails and do his makeup. He became a big softy only for his Granddaughter. They did everything together from chores to working on various projects. He supported her in everything she wanted to do. He loved watching her play softball and excel in anything she put her mind to.Johnny “Big John” will be deeply missed by all. We will cherish our memories until we meet again. Heaven gained an amazing man.Survivors include his daughter; Bobbie Jo Fuller and granddaughter; Bella Fuller, siblings; Wanda Davis, Joyce (Phillip) Morgan, Betty Sanderson, Trudy (JC) Jenkins, Vicki Moorhead, Georgia (Bill) Roberts, Nancy (Rocky) Moorhead, and Ricky (Nita) Davis, brother-in-law; Ray Smith, and numerous nieces and nephews who all loved him dearly.He is preceded in death by his parents; Delmer and Wenona, brother; Delmer Charles Davis, sisters; Wenona Darlene Smith and Dixie Pickard, and brothers-in-law; Bud Moorhead and Sandy Sanderson.Arrangements have been entrusted to Muffley Funeral Home, www.muffleyfuneralhome.com, (575- 762-4435.

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